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>> good morning everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. did the president just accuse the former fbi director of a felony? and if so, is he willing to go under oath to prove it? a short while ago after one of the longest twitter doubts of his presidency, donald trump wrote despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication and wow, comey is a leaker. >> false statements and lies. if that is referring directly to james comey and comey lied during his explosive testimony on capitol hill, that would be perjury. so what exactly is the president's version of events and one more question that should be really easy to answer, in fact, it should have already been answered, are there actual tapes of their conversations? we could find out today. why? because the president takes part in a news conference this afternoon, the first time he has answered questions in weeks. let's go to the white house. our joe johns is there. joe, good morning to you. you just got some breaking news
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about how donald trump's personal lawyer is going to respond to all of this, the action he says he'll take. >> that's right, poppy. the indication is that the pursuit of jim comey now begins less than 24 hours after his dramatic testimony on capitol hill. a source familiar with the situation telling cnn that the attorney for the president, the personal attorney who has been with him for so long, marc kasowi kasowitz, does intend to file complaints with the senate judiciary committee, as well as the department of justice inspector general against jim comey that he did give information contained in one of his memos to a friend, an acquaintance, who, in turn, gave that information to the news media. so the administration, including the president's tweet this morning, clearly casting jim comey as a leaker.
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now, there are a couple questions that still have to be answered on all of this. number one, jim comey no longer a government employee, which suggests that the department of justice would have limited authority over him. there is also a question about what would be the right form for these complaints to take. probably another question relates to executive privilege. the president did not assert executive privilege over the testimony of jim comey. they made a point of saying that very publically, saying they wanted to get all the information out as quickly as possible, that the intelligence committee wanted to hear. so all of these things raise questions about how effective a complaint against jim comey in these -- in these forms would be. we're looking today to see the president in the rose garden with the president of romania and at that time there may be an opportunity to get a couple of questions to him about all this.
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back to you. >> just a couple. >> it will be interesting to hear what he says about tapes, if there are any tapes in his twitter account at night. also, his lawyer, will the president speak up about this. thanks so much. a lot of action now moves behind closed doors. congressional to hear from key players in the next few days. >> vindication may be the word of the day. people might have thought yesterday was a peak russia probe. it's not. there is still a lot of things to occur, a lot of the investigation still to take place. you just need to look kind of at what happened in closed session yesterday in the classified briefing when jim comey spoke to the senate intelligence committee to recognize that jim comey made clear they have raw intelligence of intercepts between russian officials that discussed serg kay kislyak having a third undisclosed meeting. now, the senate intelligence committee has been looking into
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this issue according to sources. it is worth noting the justice department says and has said repeatedly a third meeting in april of last year did not actually occur. but jeff sessions will testify publically, next week in the senate. different committee, but certain that these questions will come up. when it comes to the senate intelligence committee it is worth noting while this was a very, very big hearing yesterday, they are still very hard at work. they obviously got documents subpoenaed from fired national security advisor michael flynn. next week they will meet with bob mueller to discuss how to deconflict their investigations and also how to discuss those memos that jim comey talked about, had his testimony about and, guys, one more crucial element here and one more big name. jared kushner as soon as next week will meet behind closed doors with senate staff. his role in the campaign's digital operation, his
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relationship with michael flynn and also reports that he worked to set up a back channel with russian officials. jared kushner's lawyers have been clear. he is happy to speak with anybody when they set that up and that looks like it will be coming to bear next week, talking to senate investigating staff. now, what happens next after that? according to sources, he will then submit documents or will be asked to submit personal documents. after that he will meet with senate intelligence committee members, the senators themselves. will any of this be public? but this idea that things came to an end yesterday or yesterday was a big finish to things just isn't accurate. there is a lot of steps to come and that's just in congress, not to mention the federal investigation that's still ongoing. so a lot to pay attention to. keep a close eye on capitol hill next week. this investigation still moving forward, full bore, both republicans and democrats on the committee have made that clear. >> it means you don't need a day
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off for a long time, by the way. thank you for the reporting. joining us now is our panel. so counselor, to you, is this all just smoke? because we're looking at some of the guidance here. the department of justice has limited jurisdiction over a former employee. the most they can do is note it in his file and he's not working there anymore. >> i'm not surprised marc kasowitz is aggressively going after comey. he called the president a liar, an unethical person. he essentially hinted he might in fact be a criminal and said he's basically a sneak. so all of these things were really stunning charges against the president. however, comey was a civilian at the time the information was
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allegedly leaked. so the justice department has no jurisdiction for an investigation. and the final thing that makes no sense is you want to put an end to these investigations if you are the president of the united states. marc kasowitz now says let's start another one with the inspector general and the justice department? >> it actually is their tactic and that's what they're doing. >> that's one new development. the other is we heard from the president after a long twitter draught where he says false statements and lies. now, if he is talking about james comey, he is accusing the former fbi director of perjury. it is a bad thing. you can't do it. if that is what he is saying, doesn't the president have to make clear what he thinks james comey is lying about and should the president lay out his case under oath somewhere? >> there is a very good case that question may come up at the press conference today, i imagine. but keep in mind that one of the extraordinary parts of yesterday's testimony was that
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comey comes forward, former fbi director under oath, says the president is a liar. says it five times as you pointed out. nobody on the panel, even republicans, jumps to the president's defense and says i won't have you say that. the president is not a liar. in fact, the only person who said that was his spokesperson and it is not true. so i understand his tactic of trying to sort of discredit comey, maybe even accuse him of perjury, accuse him of doing all kinds of different things. but in a swearing contest, whether it is under oath or not, nobody is going to choose the president over james comey. >> surrogates of the president and the president himself are trying to have it both ways, right? i believe director comey when he said that i wasn't under investigation. see, i was right, look, he said it. but no, wait. all the other stuff he said i don't agree with, that is false.
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so is he believed to be believed and why does this white house think they can have it both ways? >> i don't know. probably because this is, you know -- it is natural to point to the thing that makes you look good and it is natural to say but everything else isn't true. i think the largers problem, as i talk to people outside of washington, not just trump supporters but voters across the board, comey is at a disadvantage with voters because people that supported hillary did not like him and people that supported trump did not like him. so you have people watching all of this play out and they look at comey, you know, and i have talked to a lot of them. they say they respect his service. they respect his law enforcement credentials. but they also look at him as a creature of washington. and that in the court of public
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opinion makes nobody look good at the end of yesterday. >> obviously he proved that he's an adept creature of washington. he knows how to use the press. he knows how to use documents to get what he wants there. i want you to expand a little bit. he said the president has lied here. insofar as it relates to the testimony yesterday, whether or not he lied is james comey's word against his. it is depending on who you believe. on the other hand, i did not see any republicans on that panel go after the president's case in a way. they all seemed very willing to believe the president's side of the arguments. i didn't see any members of the senate intelligence committee flip, in other words. is that a fair interpretation? >> i think that's a fair interpretation, john. republicans yesterday as you say, wanted to respect comey and give him credit for testifying
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under oath. you have heard several of them make comments to that effect both before and after the hearing, but they didn't break with the president on the republican narrative or the white house narrative that the problem is not what the white house is doing, but the problem is leaks. the problem is, you know, media distractions, et cetera, et cetera. and i think that they're sticking to that for the time being because, as we've seen since president trump became the nominee and since he was inaugurated that republicans see that he has the support of a core component of the republican base that even though he has low approval ratings they're really not that much lower than they were on inauguration day. gallop said he was at 37 yesterday. but he was at 45 on inaugust day. and i don't think you'll see republicans break from trump. >> paul, the president may have damaged himself or may have been damaged politically yesterday,
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maybe. it depends on if it hurts his base at all. was he damaged legally on the obstruction question? >> i think he took some hard political hits, but i don't think a criminal case, particularly the case that we all are looking at and has been looking at, is there obstruction of justice here. comey said some things that help an obstruction case. i perceived what he said to be a direction. but he also conceded that the president only hoped he would drop it and he conceded that the fbi would have continued with the investigation regard lgs of what happened to him. i think in the end that is fatal to the obstruction case unless new evidence arises. so it probably was a good day for the president. >> again, we get to the argument about whether this is more legal or more political, which brings me back to the tweet of today. the president sticking his finger in the eye of james comey. again publically on twitter,
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which has proved problematic for him in the past. last time he did that, james comey released a memo which caused the appointment of a special counsel. >> even this sort of forward attack on comey, counter attack, punch back, call him a liar, say whatever you have to, that is the style. >> do you think he'll say that outloud today in the rose garden? >> i would not be surprised. it is very much the trump style to show his supports that he's going to fight back. to serve as a warning to anybody else if you come at me, we're going to throw everything at you facts be damned. >> paul ryan said the president is new at this. he's new at this. and then mattingly says is it an excuse? he said i didn't say it was an
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excuse, but that was his answer. does that fit okay with people, that the president is new at this, so he shouldn't meet privately or ask things of the fbi director? he just didn't know better? >> there is a lot of people that believe that. look, we have to remember that one of the core reasons that this man was elected president of the united states was because he was not a slick politician, that he was kind of tough talking, he was kind of blunt and in a lot of ways, despite being a billionaire and having a tower made out of gold with his name on it, he talked in a similar way to the way people talk, you know, in the country. and the people project when they look at someone, right? so they put themselves in that position. and they say, well, i mean i might have said it like that. i wouldn't have known any better. i wouldn't have known not to say that. and, so, i think that's the problem. that's the thing that we see
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happening with his supporters. they voted for him because he wasn't a politician. he acted like a nonpolitician with the guy they think comey, who is a very slick politician. and they are going to side back with the president on this. >> poppy, can i jump in on that real quick? >> quickly. >> i was going to say, you know, she has her finger on the pulse of trump voters and i think everything she is saying is right. here is two problems, though, for the administration. one is part of the reason that the administration has gotten itself embroiled in these controversies is because president trump is not a clear politician. i don't buy speaker ryan saying it's okay because president trump is new at this. the first word is career. this has not been his career, so he is not practiced at not digging himself deeper in all of these holes. the other problem i think for the administration here is with this aggressive legal behavior that we talked about a moment
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ago, that's been the m.o. of trump and the trump organization throughout. the difference is that he's been used to dealing with people that don't have his resources and people who are sort of flunkys. james comey is not a flunky and has resources and has a strategy here that he's initiating. >> all right. thank you all so much. what makes james comey queasy? actually, a growing list of things, apparently. being told what word to use when describing the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail server. >> and president trump feels completely vindicated after yesterday. should he? do other republicans see it that way? and the u.k. wakes up to a stunning new reality. wait until you hear what happened overnight in this election.
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all right. this morning political chaos in the united kingdom.
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theresa may saw her big gamble go bust. the special election she called to shore up her power and the power of the conservative power. they lost their majority. this is despite her leading by 20 points in the polls. let's head across the pond to london. phil black is there and mac foster. this is a stunning result and it has really big implications for the future of the u.k., for brexit, for all of it. what happened? >> you have to remember to understand just how bad this is for theresa may, she didn't need to do this. she didn't need to call this election. it was her choice and her desire to try to increase the majority in parliament. instead, the result is she has no majority in parliament on her own for her own conservative party. there are a lot of questions about her future and her ability to form a government, about her government if she's able to keep one and its ability to keep
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negotiating with the european union as it seeks to leave the european union. what we have heard from theresa may so far is her insistence it is business as normal. take a listen now to some of the comments she made a sort time ago outside here at number 20 downing street. >> the government i lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do so that we will fulfill the promise of brexit together. and over the next five years, build a country in which no one and no community is left behind. >> so what we haven't heard from theresa may so far is any humility, the fact she got this wrong, took a political gamble and it's come back and slapped her on the face and nor has she acknowledged the result could be a rejection of her leadership or her policies on key issues like brexit. she's trying to maintain the
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status quo, business as usual, but from here that simply can't be the case. so a lot of uncertainty and a lot of stuff yet to play out. >> and of course he's got to put together a government which is not something that happens in the united states. she has to present she could have majority or near majority in parliament. is there any sense of what went wrong? was she just a bad campaigner? was it an anti-brexit thing or was it the terror attacks in the last few weeks? >> all of those to some degree. she went into this with such a huge lead in the polls. that's what tempted her to try this. but then from the out set she proved to not be a particularly good campaigner. she often looked awkward and stilted. may-bot has become her nickname. a lot of her policy announcements didn't go over well. she had to change them mid-campaign. meanwhile, her main opposition who started with very low
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expectations kind of rolled along quite comfortably, was attracting very big crowds to rallies and while he hasn't come close to securing government today, he has crucially stopped his main opposition from keeping their own majority within the parliament. so he's taking all of this very much as a win. so all of those factors together have combined to produce for theresa may a really disastrous result. >> phil black for us in london. thanks so much. dramatic moments over there. >> the polls were wrong. can you believe it? >> the exit polls got out fairly quickly. >> the early polls had her with a big league. but there was a wave which showed a closing. >> she asked for it. she got it. we'll have more of that in the next hour. but up next president trump says he's been totally and completely vindicated. we're wondering do his fellow republican lawmakers agree with
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that or do they still see a cloud hangs over this white house? next.
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so this morning democrats feeling embolden and republicans are feeling the same way. it is really about who you trust more, the president or his former fbi director. >> joining us now, senator thank you so much for being with us. we did hear from president trump a short time ago. let he read you what he wrote on twitter. he said despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete indicativindication. and, wow, comey is a leaker. so total and complete vindication. do you see it like that? >> no. it is not at all complete and total vindication. what we learned was, number one, that the president at a dinner with comey asked him if he would be loyal to the president, which
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is like don carlione asking carmelo if he would be loyal to him. the president then ordered out of oval office the attorney general ral and then everyone else in that meeting and asked comey to stay behind and then privately asked him would he let the general flynn investigation go. and he did not receive an affirmative answer from comey. and then, three, president trump fired comey. so those are the elements of an obstruction of justice. you ask for loyalty. you ask to end the investigation and then you fire the person who is investigating you. so that is not a vindication of president trump at all.
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>> senator, the analgies aside, does it bother you that at no point over these six conversations did the fbi director tell the president what he was asking was inappropriate, go to the correct congressional committees, say this is inappropriate, go to the attorney general and say this is inappropriate besides saying leave me in the room with him. does that sit okay with you? >> mr. comey's actions reflected i think as he said yesterday his own shock that the president was asking him to do these things, but it doesn't in fact deal with the issue of the president asking it in the first place and then firing him when he did not get the right answer. so telling sessions or telling others who were actually part of the firing of comey were not going to be key elements in actually being able to preserve
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comey's job. the president was intent on shutting down this russian election, even though it seems as though he's the last person in america who does not understand that the russians were hacking our elections. he continues to deny that. he continues to call that a hoax. and you know that is not true. >> and director comey in fact testified yesterday that the president had never even talked to him really about the russia investigation, whether they hacked that. but that is not an answer to the question poppy asked, nor the question are you comfortable with the behavior of james comey during these months he served as fbi director under president trump and carry it to when he was fired. are you comfortable, start, that he leaked this conversation with the president to give to a friend to give to the press. >> what mr. comey did was to speak candidly and openly to the
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american people yesterday. the memo which he leaked had no top secret information in it. in fact, every time comey was asked yesterday in the senate committee about top secret information, he said that he could not answer those questions until he got behind closed doors. and, so, this is the distinction that people have to understand. if the information was classified, if it was top secret, comey did not speak to the senate about it. so the information in which he gave to his friend was not top secret, was not confidential and actually helped to protect comey against the charge by the president that comey himself was not telling the truth. >> okay, senator. it is not a direct answer to our question. we have tried twice, but i take what you are saying as you are not uncomfortable with it. and we have to get you on the record on this because there is another stunning moment he talks about a previous interaction
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with loretta lynch over the investigation into then secretary clinton's e-mail server. watch this. >> you were getting to a place where the attorney general and i were going to have to testify and talk publically about it and i wanted to know if we could confirm an investigation. we had a criminal investigation open. we had an investigation open at the time. so that gave me a queasy feeling. >> does it give you a queasy feeling, senator? >> actually, whether you call it a matter or you call it an investigation, that matter or investigation was ended without a conclusion by jim comey, that there had been a violation of the law. but the question -- >> this is complete evidence. that was before. but being told by the attorney general to call it a matter, not
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an investigation happened before it was determined by the fbi director, you know, that there was no violation. it happened during the investigation. and the fbi director said it gave him a queasy feeling. >> the attorney general did not ask jim comey please be loyal to hillary clinton. the attorney general did not say to jim comey please let this hillary clinton matter go. this was just what's the headline or what's the title matter of an investigation. that's different from donald trump saying will you be loyal to me, head of the fbi? will you let the matter go with regard to the relationship between michael flynn and the russian government? that is a completely different matter. that goes right to the heart of the substance of the investigation, and in no way as far as i can hear was loretta lynch trying to interfere with the investigation, with the substance of it, with the conclusion of it.
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those are two different matters altogether. >> they are, and that's why we were asking you independently of the other one your thoughts. but i would note for the viewers the issue at hand is the word matter tracked the same way that the clinton campaign was using saying it is a matter not an investigation. senator, we'll talk to you more when we have you back. thank you very much. coming up, what do republicans think about the president's claims of vindication. republican lawmaker joins us next. is he optimistic or as optimistic as the president is this morning? ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis,... isn't it time to let the real you shine through? maybe it's time for otezla (apremilast). otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently.
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all right. looking at live pictures from capitol hill. we are waiting to hear from house minority leader nancy pelosi. we expect her to weigh in on james comey's testimony. meanwhile, we are learning from two sources that president trump's personal lawyer plans to file a complaint to jim comey over the leaked memos. here is what his attorney said
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about the leaked memos yesterday. >> it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. mr. comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers. >> this morning the president echoing similar sentiments in his early morning tweet, in which he claimed false statements and lies and also claimed comey is a leaker. joining us to discuss, republican congressman of the great state of new york. it is great to have you hear. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> complete and total vindication. that follows director comey calling the president a liar five times yesterday. do you see it the way the
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president sees it? >> if he is referring to getting confirmation that he's not the target of a criminal investigation, then he's absolutely right. if he's referring to a cloud just, you know, magically disappearing yesterday, i would assure the president that his opposition will make sure that there will always be some kind of a cloud lingering over him. but if he is looking forward to getting confirmation he was not a target, absolutely. >> while james comey was fbi director. the irony is it is possible he's involved in an investigation right you now. we'll leave that aside because we don't know that. the tweet from the president this morning seemed to accuse the fbi director of false statements and lies. lying before congress is a felony. if the president is making that
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charge, doesn't he owe it to the american people and see what the lie is from the former fbi director? >> absolutely. and i think the american public on both sides, whether you are a strong support er of the president or you are someone away on the other side of the president, i think that the american public is asking for as much facts as possible so that we can all form independent judgment, independent conclusions for ourselves. so the more information, the better for sure. >> so hopefully then the president will do that today. i mean, he is going to take questions from the press for the first time in two weeks, i think. and you can bet he is going to be asked about this. were you saying comey perjured himself? did he commit a felony in doing so? if the president refuses to give the evidence for that claim, if that's the claim, what would your response be? >> well, i think as far as
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evidence goes, we're in a position where you are going to have two different people giving their side of what was said in a private conversation that might not have any type of substantiation one way or the other. if there were -- you have heard both sides refer to tapes, recordings. if you had tape or recordings, that would be your substantiation to conclude who is telling the truth or not. but when you just have two sides against each other, you take it for what it's worth. >> so congressman, you know what is an easy question to answer for the white house, is there a tape? are there tapes of any of these conversations? the white house refuses to answer that question. why? >> i don't -- i can't speculate on what the answer is as far as why. i will say as a member of the house foreign affairs committee, in my meetings with foreign leaders, you know, i have my
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suspicions from one meeting to the next which ones are being recorded and which ones aren't as a matter of practice for that foreign leader. >> you level with the white house. will you call on the white house to own up yes or no to whether there are tapes that exist? >> i don't see any reason why they wouldn't be able to answer that question. so sure. i don't see any reason why not to share it. but if there is a good reason, i would be interested in hearing it. >> yeah. they haven't put it forward. sarah huckabee sanders said she would look under the couch. but the president brought the whole idea of tapes into the discussion. the president and some of your fellow republicans and some democrats who are making a big deal out of the fact that comey handed those memos over to a citizen, a columbia university professor, with the goal of getting them to the media and out in the public with the goal
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of getting a special prosecutor appointed. he achieved that goal. do you have a problem with that? do you take issue with that or do you see him as a private citizen, able to hand over his thoughts to anyone he wants? >> yeah. i'm not sure that was a good idea on the part of director comey. i've been critical of -- there is really something for everything in terms of analyzing yesterday's testimony. and the fact is while he is a private citizen, he is referring to a memo created while he is the fbi director. and memos that need to be provided to congress when they're out of his possession but aren't in possession of "the new york times," that's concerning. as far as the content of the memos, you know, i don't know if there is anything in there that shouldn't be released because, you know, there is any type of classified information. the director says that there isn't. >> last final question here. yesterday in his testimony james comey indicated either directly
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or indirectly that he believed the president lied or was a liar five separate times. as you sit here today, are you prepared to say that in your mind the president has not lied? >> with regards to what? >> the five instances where james comey said that he had. number one, he said he was concerned that he lied in a meeting on january 7th, he lied about the nature of his dinners. the white house is lying about why they fired him, those general areas. are you able to say in those cases the president was completely honest? >> i wasn't there for any of those conversations. the president as you mentioned has an opportunity today to be able to give his side of the story. but, you know, as each side gives, you know, their side of the story, you know, i'd rather get all of my facts and hear both sides first and, you know, not just call both sides name
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and try to be judge, jury and execution inner, especially before the president gets his opportunity to speak today. >> we all hope you are right, he is going to address those questions in full today when he speaks 2:45 eastern time. congressman, thank you. we appreciate it. we'll be right back. >> thank you. that you feel like you're a part of the family. i love that i can pass the membership to my children. we're the williams family, and we're usaa members for life.
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well, the president breaks his twitter silence. he responded to former fbi director james comey's testimony, tweeting he's been completely vindicated. he also said, "wow, comey is a leaker." >> the former fbi director in his testimony said this earlier tweet from the president prompted a crucial decision.
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"james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts looking to the press." this is how the fired director said he reacted to that tweet. >> the president tweeted on friday after i got fired that i'd better hope there's not tapes. i woke up in the middle of the night on monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape. and my judgment was, i needed to get that out into the public square. and so, i asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. i didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but i asked him to because i thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. and so, i asked a close friend of mine to do it. >> a couple of really fascinating things are going on here. joining us to talk about it, cnn media correspondent, host of "reliable sources," new father, brian stelter. great having you here with us. the president has diminished his use of twitter in some instances, saying it's just social media. we now know it's just media has enormous consequences for the president and the country.
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>> that's what made comey's candor so striking. the president's twitter account is a destabilizing force for our government right now, and comey is saying it's why he ended up sharing one of those memos with a friend and then leaked it to "the new york times," because of the president's tweets. now, the president's tweet this morning saying that comey was full of "false statements and lies" is only going to spur more demands for testimony and on-the-record responses from the president. >> when you look at this, there were a number of attacks just on the media in general, including "the new york times." you've got some reporting on this. "the new york times" is standing by its reporting, even though comey disputed it. >> comey said one of the stories about russia and trump was in the main wrong. the "times" stands by the story. a lot of these stories are something from anonymous sources, but comey confirmed a lot of what's been reported from anonymous sources as well. >> his memo came from an anonymous source. >> right, right. >> in terms of the public didn't know who until now. >> until yesterday. >> have you seen a senior
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official, as senior as james comey, admit leaking something like that? >> never. it's very candid and i think he was trying to boost. americans tuned in to see the actual testimony. >> they did, indeed. there were watch parties at bars. i was not at one of them, but i hear there were. >> poppy drinks at home alone. >> coffee. "daily show," are you watching? thank you very much. moments from now, house minority leader nancy pelosi speaks to reporters. what does she say after comey's explosive testimony? you can guess some of it. we're going to bring it to you live.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com top of the hour, lots of news. i'm john berman. >> i'm poppy harlow. off the script and on the clock. just a few hours from now, president trump will hold a news conference at the white house, and we hope answer questions from the media for the first time in weeks. you can bet he will be asked if he was accusing the former fbi director of a felony with this tweet this morning, and if he is, is he willing to go under oath and prove it? president trump tweeting, "despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication, and wow, comey is a leaker!" >> false statements and lies. if that is referring to james comey, and james comey lied during his explosive testimony, that would be perjury. and this morning, cnn broke the news that the president's legal team is taking action about the former fbi director being that so-called leaker. at any moment, we're going to hear from house democrats

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